14-15 Essay Contest Winners

CONNECTICUT BAR FOUNDATION
JAMES W. COOPER FELLOWS
QUINTIN JOHNSTONE
2014-2015 STATEWIDE HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

 


Dwight Merriam, Chair Fellows Education and Program Committee; Jack Steigelfest, Chair Essay Contest Committee; Deborah Anger, RHAM High School, Runner-up Harrison Pellerin, RHAM High School; Connecticut Supreme Court Senior Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille; Statewide Winner Samuel Stuart, Greens Farms Academy; Christos Kolovos, Greens Farms Academy; Tim Shearin, President, Connecticut Bar Foundation

 

2014-2015
Essay Contest Award Winners

 

 Statewide Winner - $2,000
Samuel Stuart
Greens Farms Academy

 

Runner-up - $1,000
Harrison Pellerin
RHAM High School

 

Runner-up - $1,000
Michelle Printsev
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering

 

To access the winning essays, click on the name of each winner.

 

Essay submissions are judged on content/originality, organization, use of resource materials and writing. The Connecticut Bar Foundation and the James W. Cooper Fellows do not represent or endorse the accuracy or the reliability of any of the information, content, sources, or statements contained in any student essay contest entry in the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Quintin Johnstone 2014-2015 Statewide High School Essay Contest.
 

2014-2015
Essay Contest Topic  
“Restroom Unrest”

 
The 2014-2015 topic was “Restroom Unrest”. Essay writers were asked to assume the role of a the student representative on a Board of Education being inundated with calls and letters from parents and students after a high school principal requested that a transgender student use the restroom of their birth gender and not the gender she identified herself to be. The response of the community had been strong, both for and against the decision of the principal. Writers were asked to take a position on the issue and provide support for the policy position adopted, to cite policies, statutes, case law in other jurisdictions and to consider constitutional ramifications. They were also asked to anticipate arguments that might be made against the position taken and to provide a response to potential counter positions.